Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) welcomes the sale of Seafield House and grounds to econstruct design and build, an Ayr-based developer founded by Robin Ghosh. Seafield House is SAVED! The sale was concluded yesterday, Friday 10 October 2014. Econstruct plan to restore Seafield House as residential apartments and build a small number of new-build houses in the grounds.
We extend our warmest thanks to all those who supported our campaign to SAVE Sir William Arrol’s former home in Ayr. We thank those who became Friends, attended public meetings, visited our exhibitions & posted messages of support on our website/Facebook page & Twitter feed. We thank in particular Marcus Binney, President of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, and his colleagues, who have been the head, heart and soul of our campaign from day one.
A new chapter is opening for Seafield House. We wish Robin Ghosh and his colleagues all success and will support them as they follow through the planning and consents process.
Again, we extend our warmest thanks to all those who supported our campaign to SAVE Seafield House, Sir William Arrol’s former home in Ayr.
SAVE Newsletter, Summer 2014 – Seafield House article
SAVE Britain’s Heritage continue to provide tremendous support to the Friends of Seafield House and have featured an update on the Seafield House campaign in their Summer 2014 newsletter. The article covers the neglect of Seafield House, the continued refusal by NHS Ayrshire & Arran of the £1,000 financial assistance SAVE offered towards gutter cleaning, and our hope that the sale will be concluded soon with a sympathetic new owner.
The Summer 2014 newsletter provides updates on SAVE’s ongoing campaigns, including the recent success of their campaign to save Smithfield Market. Download the full Summer 2014 newsletter from the SAVE website.
Ryden, the selling agent for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, owners of Seafield House, the former home in Ayr of Sir William Arrol, has today announced the closing date for receipt of formal legal offers in the sale of Seafield House.
The closing date is 12 noon on Wednesday 11 December 2013.
Those should contact Russell Rutherford at Ryden on his direct line 0141-270 3128; mobile 07831467169; by fax on 0141-204 3554 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date has now been added to the Ryden webpage for Seafield House.
Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) welcomes the setting of a closing date. Seafield House urgently needs a sympathetic new owner who/that will renovate this important B-listed building by way of the proceeds of an enabling development in Seafield House’s extensive grounds. FoSH have issued a media release to help publicise this development and have offered the in-depth knowledge & expertise of Friends of Seafield House be made available to assist in the sympathetic restoration of the house.
SAVE Newsletter, October 2013 – Seafield House extract
SAVE Britain’s Heritage continue to provide tremendous support to the Friends of Seafield House. Further to making Seafield House their building of the month, they have featured an article on the Seafield House campaign in their October 2013 newsletter. The newsletter provides updates on SAVE’s ongoing campaigns, including Seafield House, and buildings that have been saved, lost or are at risk.
Read the full SAVE newsletter on the SAVE Britain’s Heritage website.
Find out about recent developments in the campaign to save Seafield House
Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) is marking the approach to the first year of campaigning, together with SAVE Britain’s Heritage, to save Seafield House with a Public Meeting in Ayr on Friday 11 October.
The focus of activity over the past months has been the NHS Trust’s new marketing campaign to sell Seafield House. This new approach could see restoration of Seafield House by way of enabling development. FoSH & SAVE were present at the Developers Open Day last month that formed part of the launch of this new marketing campaign.
Members of the public are invited the meeting where FoSH Chair, Rob Close, and architectural adviser, Patrick Lorimer, will give an illustrated presentation & campaign update followed by an open discussion. We look forward to seeing all those who can attend the meeting in Ayr and hearing your ideas and suggestions for the campaign and/or would like to renew membership or take out membership of FoSH.
FoSH Public Meeting
Friday 11 October 2013
12:30 – 13:30
The Old Racecourse Hotel, 2 Victoria Park, Ayr KA7 2TR
Download the flier with details of the meeting.
Tea and Coffee will be served at the meeting.
For those who are unable to attend we would still love to hear from you with your ideas via the website Contact page.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is a campaigning and conservation group championing the cause of endangered historic buildings. SAVE have been firm supporters of Friends of Seafield House from the beginning, offering fantastic support and advice. We are delighted that, on the back of Ryden’s marketing drive and Developers Open Day, SAVE have featured Seafield House on their website as Building of the Month.
SAVE President Marcus Binney says: “we welcome the NHS trust’s decision to put the house on the market with the focus on restoration by means of enabling development. It is vital that the price sought takes account of the work needed to repair the listed building. The NHS Trust that owns it does not insure it as it has a self-insuring policy. In this case no money at all has been spent on repairs. To achieve a good scheme with a sensitive and a not excessive amount of new build in the grounds, it is vital to acknowledge the need for a scheme which provides the necessary investment in the historic building. It is also vital that in any planning permission the developer is obliged to repair the building at the same time that the first quarter of the development takes place. There should be no prospect of the land being sold off separately for development while the house is left derelict and unrepaired.”